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Poetik der markinischen Christologie: Eine kognitiv-narratologische Exegese
Rüggemeier, Jan

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017 pp. xiii + 623. $179.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/458

Description: Published in German. Narrative exegesis is an important paradigm of more recent research on Mark's gospel. One of the main research problems till now though has been bringing historic-critical methods and synchronic approaches together in a unified system of interpretation. The so-called cognitive turn in narratology points beyond a purely text-immanent analysis, allowing multifaceted interactions between recipient and narration to be described. In this study, Jan Rüggemeier presents an appropriate methodology and systematically traces the cognitive image the reader of Mark's gospel progressively gains of the protagonists and how the individual perspectives of the characters influence his apprehension of the main character. The Marcan Christology thus shows itself to be emergent – Jesus' identity is not revealed before the end of the narration and is based on text-external foreknowledge – particularly the confessional traditions – of the intended recipients.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Mark, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Psychology, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Wayne Coppins
Published 8/7/2019
Citation: Wayne Coppins, review of Jan Rüggemeier, Poetik der markinischen Christologie: Eine kognitiv-narratologische Exegese, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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